2021 NBA Draft: By The Numbers
July 29, 2021
Interesting NBA draft-related Stats and Data
• 4 – Since the NBA Draft Lottery began in 1985, four first overall picks have won an NBA championship with the team that drafted them: David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs; first pick in 1987), Tim Duncan (Spurs; first pick in 1997),
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers; first pick in 2003) and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers; first pick in 2011). James won an
NBA championship in his second stint with Cleveland.
• 6 – Since the two-round format was adopted in 1989, Kentucky holds the record for the university with the most
picks in an NBA Draft – six each in 2012 and 2015.
• 8 – Barclays Center will host the NBA Draft for the eighth time. It last hosted the event in 2019 prior to the pandemic.
• 11 – A college freshman has been the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft in each of the last 11 years.
• 15 – This marks the 15th consecutive year that Adam Silver will announce draft selections as either deputy commissioner (seven years) or commissioner (eight years including 2021).
• 1947 – The NBA Draft will be held in July for the first time since 1947, the year of the inaugural draft.
• 1 – In 2020-21, USC forward-center Evan Mobley became the first player to win the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Defen- sive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year awards in the same season.
• 3 – Florida State forward Scottie Barnes, NBA G League Ignite guard Jalen Green and Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs
have won three gold medals together with USA Basketball in international play: 2019 FIBA U-19 Basketball World
Cup, 2018 FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup and 2017 FIBA U-16 Americas Championship.
• 4 – Four 2021 NBA Draft prospects were teammates on the Montverde (Fla.) Academy team that went 25-0 during
the 2019-20 high school season: Scottie Barnes, Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, Arkansas guard Moses
Moody and North Carolina center Day’Ron Sharpe.
• 7.6 – Adelaide 36ers guard Josh Giddey (Australia) led Australia’s National Basketball League in assists with 7.6
per game in the 2020-21 season.
• 19 – Besiktas forward Alperen Sengun (Turkey), the 2020-21 Turkish League MVP, turned 19 on July 25.
• 48 – Tennessee guard Keon Johnson set the NBA Combine record with a max vertical jump of 48 inches.
• 75 – Last season, Cade Cunningham became Oklahoma State’s first consensus All-America First Team selection
in 75 years.
• 2 – The Houston Rockets franchise is set to select second overall in the NBA Draft for the first time in 51 years. In
1970, the then San Diego Rockets selected five-time NBA All-Star Rudy Tomjanovich with the No. 2 pick.
• 3 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has three picks in both the first round (Nos. 6, 16 and 18 overall) and the second
round (Nos. 34, 36 and 55 overall).
• 4 – The Toronto Raptors are poised to pick fourth overall in the NBA Draft for the first time since selecting newly
elected Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Bosh at that spot in 2003.
• 7 – The Golden State Warriors’ first pick in the NBA Draft is at No. 7 overall, a spot where they have selected five-time NBA All-Star Chris Mullin (1985), two-time Kia NBA MVP Stephen Curry (2009) and NBA champion Harrison Barnes
(2012) during the NBA Draft Lottery era.
• 49 – The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to pick third overall in the NBA Draft for the first time in 49 years.
• 51 – The Detroit Pistons are poised to make the first pick in the NBA Draft for the first time in 51 years. In 1970, the Pistons used the top pick to select eight-time NBA All-Star Bob Lanier, a longtime ambassador for the NBA Cares program.
• 9.2 – Auburn guard Sharife Cooper’s sister, Te’a Cooper, is currently averaging 9.2 points per game with the Los
Angeles Sparks in her second WNBA season.
• 10 – Michigan forward Franz Wagner (Germany) and his brother, Orlando Magic forward-center Moritz Wagner, were
both All-Big Ten Team selections with the Wolverines.
• 12 – Houston guard Quentin Grimes’ brother, NHL veteran Tyler Myers, was selected 12th overall in the 2008 NHL
• 33 – Boise State forward Derrick Alston Jr.’s father, Derrick Sr., was the 33rd overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft and
played three seasons in the league.
• 1984 – Tennessee guard Jaden Springer is the son of Gary Springer, who was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in
the 1984 NBA Draft.
• 1992 – Loyola Maryland forward Santi Aldama (Spain) is the son of Santiago Aldama Alesón, who was a member
of the Spanish National Team that competed against the Dream Team at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
• 2015 – Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi (France) is the brother of Valeriane Ayayi Vukosavljevic, who played in the WNBA in 2015.
• 1 – Australia’s Josh Giddey is poised to become the first NBA Academy graduate to be drafted into the NBA. Giddey
attended NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia.
• 6 – If NBA G League Ignite forward Jonathan Kuminga is drafted in the top six, he would be the highest-drafted player
from the Democratic Republic of the Congo since Dikembe Mutombo was drafted fourth overall in 1991.
• 9 – Last year, a record nine players from or with ties to Nigeria were drafted: Isaac Okoro, Onyeka Okongwu, Aaron Nesmith, Precious Achiuwa, Zeke Nnaji, Udoka Azubuike, Desmond Bane, Daniel Oturu and Jordan Nwora.
• 13 – Thirteen international players have been selected No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft, most recently Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (Bahamas) in 2018.
• 27 – A record 27 international players were selected in the 2016 NBA Draft, including a record 15 in the first round and
a record-tying 12 in the second round.
• 68 – Sixty-eight former Basketball Without Borders campers have been drafted into the NBA. This year’s class features
a number of potential draftees with BWB experience, including Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi (France; BWB Europe 2017),
Western Kentucky forward-center Charles Bassey (Nigeria; BWB Global 2017 & 2018), Paris Basket guard Juhann Begarin (France; BWB Europe 2019; BWB Global 2020), Zalgiris Kaunas guard Rokas Jokubaitis (Lithuania; BWB Europe
2017), Adelaide 36ers guard Josh Giddey (Australia; BWB Asia 2018; BWB Global 2020), Texas forward-center Kai
Jones (Bahamas; BWB Americas 2017), Seton Hall forward Sandro Mamukelashvili (Georgia; BWB Global 2017), KK
Mega Basket forward-center Filip Petrusev (Serbia; BWB Europe 2017; BWB Global 2018), Alabama guard Josh Primo
(Canada; BWB Global 2020) and Oostende forward Amar Sylla (Senegal; BWB Africa 2018; BWB Global 2019).
• 215/25 – The NBA Draft will reach fans live in 215 countries and territories in 25 languages on their televisions, computers, mobile devices and tablets.
NBA G LEAGUE
• 4 – Four former five-star high school prospects who helped lead NBA G League Ignite to the 2021 NBA G League
Playoffs are entered in the NBA Draft: Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, guard Daishen Nix and forward Isaiah Todd.
• 24 – Twenty-four of the 60 players who were selected in the 2020 NBA Draft played in the NBA G League during the
2020-21 season, including five first-round selections.
• 49 – Daishen Nix has a chance to join Carlos Boozer, Mario Chalmers and Trajan Langdon as NBA players who grew
up in the 49th state – Alaska.
2020 NBA Draft: By the Numbers
The 2020 NBA draft will be held virtually on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 3 a.m. CAT at ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut, airing live on ESPN, ESPN Radio and the ESPN App. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum will appear in studio at ESPN to announce the selections for the first and second rounds, respectively. Select draftees, including many of the potential top picks, will appear virtually throughout the broadcast.
Below is some interesting stats and info on the NBA draft.
1 – NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm® will be the league’s first virtual draft and the first draft held at ESPN.
7 – Seven players have played in the NBA G League before being drafted by an NBA team, the most recent being Alen Smailagic, the 39th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.
10 – A college freshman has been selected with the first overall pick in each of the last 10 drafts. The last non-freshman to be the first overall draft pick was Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin in 2009.
14 – This marks the 14th consecutive year that Adam Silver will announce draft selections as either deputy commissioner (seven years) or commissioner (seven years including 2020).
107 – The distance between Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the venue for the last seven NBA Drafts, and ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut, the site of this year’s draft, is approximately 107 miles.
146 – The 2020 NBA Draft will take place 146 days after its originally scheduled date of June 25.
1975 – This is the first NBA Draft not held in June since 1975.
1989 – The current two-round format for the NBA Draft was adopted in 1989.
1 – The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to make the first overall pick in the NBA Draft for the second time. In 2015, the Timberwolves used the first overall pick to select two-time NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns.
2 – The Warriors are poised to make the second overall pick in the NBA Draft for the first time in the common draft era (since 1966).
3 – The Boston Celtics hold three first-round picks (Nos. 14, 26 and 30) after making three first-round picks last year.
5 – The Philadelphia 76ers have a league-high five picks in this year’s draft (No. 21 in the first round and Nos. 34, 36, 49 and 58 in the second round).
11 – With the 11th selection of the first round, the San Antonio Spurs are preparing to make their highest draft pick since selecting Tim Duncan with the first overall pick in 1997.
1 – Memphis center James Wiseman was ESPN’s No. 1-ranked high school player in the Class of 2019.
6 – Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton recorded the sixth triple-double in school history during the 2019-20 season.
8 – USC forward Onyeka Okongwu matched a single-game school record last season with eight blocked shots in his first collegiate game.
16 – Maccabi Tel Aviv guard-forward Deni Avdija made his professional debut with his current team at age 16 (he turns 20 in January).
19.1 – Georgia guard Anthony Edwards was the nation’s freshman scoring leader at 19.1 points per game in the 2019-20 season.
107 – Dayton forward Obi Toppin, the 2019-20 consensus National Player of the Year, led the nation and set a single-season school record with 107 dunks last season.
2005 – Last season, Illawarra Hawks guard LaMelo Ball became the first player to post triple-doubles in back-to-back games in Australia’s National Basketball League since 2005.
5 – Duke guard Tre Jones and his brother Tyus of the Memphis Grizzlies combined to win five Gatorade Minnesota Boys Basketball Player of the Year awards in high school.
6 – Arizona guard Nico Mannion is the son of Pace Mannion, who played six NBA seasons.
8 – Duke center Vernon Carey Jr.’s father, Vernon Sr., played eight NFL seasons as an offensive lineman with the Miami Dolphins.
12 – North Carolina guard Cole Anthony’s father, Greg, now a basketball analyst for Turner Sports, was the 12th pick in the 1991 NBA Draft.
16 – Washington forward Jaden McDaniels is the brother of Charlotte Hornets forward Jalen McDaniels, who appeared in 16 NBA games as a rookie in the 2019-20 season.
1,512 – Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee is the son of former Florida State All-America running back Amp Lee, who rushed for 1,512 yards in the NFL.
1982 – Maccabi Tel Aviv guard-forward Deni Avdija’s father, Zufer, won a bronze medal with Yugoslavia at the 1982 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
2000 – IMG Academy forward KJ Martin is the son of Kenyon Martin, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft.
5.6M – Illawarra Hawks guard LaMelo Ball, the brother of the New Orleans Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball, has more than 5.6 million followers on Instagram.
3 – This year’s draft class has the potential to break the record (three) for most players from one Basketball Without Borders camp in the same draft. Killian Hayes (France), Josh Green (Australia), Leandro Bolmaro (Argentina), Paul Eboua (Cameroon) and Vit Krejcí (Czech Republic) all participated in BWB Global 2018 as part of NBA All-Star 2018.
5 – This year’s draft class has the potential to break the record (five) for most players from Africa selected in one NBA Draft.
7 – Seven players in this year’s draft class have ties to Nigeria. Kansas center Udoka Azubuike and Memphis forward Precious Achiuwa are from Nigeria, and an additional five potential draftees have at least one parent from Nigeria: Isaac Okoro (Auburn), Onyeka Okongwu (USC), Zeke Nnaji (Arizona), Daniel Oturu (Minnesota) and Jordan Nwora (Louisville).
7/22 – Deni Avdija and Killian Hayes are seeking to become the highest-drafted players ever from Israel and France, respectively. If Hayes is drafted in the top seven, he will be the highest-drafted French player ever. If Avdija is drafted in the top 22, he will be the highest-drafted Israeli player ever. Avdija and Hayes competed against one another at Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global 2019 as part of NBA All-Star 2019. Avdija was named MVP of the camp while Hayes was named an All-Star.
13 – There have been 13 international players drafted No. 1 overall, most recently the Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton (Bahamas) in 2018.
27 – A record 27 international players were drafted in 2016, including a record 15 in the first round and a record-tying 12 in the second round.
69 – Since 2001, 69 former Basketball Without Borders campers have been drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.